Endowment 150 Program – A $150 grant towards the RDSP for BC residents

Plan Institute, Disability Alliance of BC, and the British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society have united to launch a new program designed to help British Columbians with disabilities learn about and access tax benefits that will help them save for the future. As part of this initiative, Plan Institute is distributing a one-time $150 grant to help low-income British Columbians to start growing their RDSP, thanks to the support of the Vancouver Foundation. Please click here for more...

Percussion Ensemble Benefit Concert

Organized Khaos and Spencer Middle School percussion ensemble presents “We Can Beat It”, a benefit concert supporting local families affected by juvenile leukemia.  The concert is February 24 at 7:00pm or February 25 at 2:00pm or 7:00pm at the Isabelle Reader Theatre.  Tickets can be purchased at the door for $10 for adults and $5 for students. For more information phone 250-474-1291 ext. 325 or go to their Facebook page @ Organized Khaos Percussion...

Province increases disability assistance rates

For the second year in a row, government is increasing disability assistance rates by investing $199 million over three years. This investment is in addition to the $170 million announced last year to increase disability rates. It will benefit about 107,000 people with the persons with a disability (PWD) designation. As of April 1, 2017, disability assistance rates will rise by $50 per month, or an annual total of $600. Once the increase takes effect, a single person with the PWD designation will receive $1,033 per month in disability assistance, up from $983. A couple in which both are PWDs will receive an additional $100 per month, for a total of $1,773. Click here to view the entire...

PINKSHIRT DAY – FRIDAY FEBRUARY 24th

SafeCare BC reports there is growing evidence that workplace bullying and harassment has serious outcomes for employers and workers. 37% of workers have been bullied,with 57% of the targets being women. Bullying and harassment doesn’t just affect the person targeted – it affects us all.  Bullying… · Damages trust between colleagues · Impairs communication · Lowers self-esteem of those targeted and those who witness it · Decreases the quality of care for residents · Decreases the safety of care and the safety of the workplace Click here for Canada’s Safety Council’s research and tips on working with bullies.  Remember PINKSHIRT DAY .. FRIDAY FEBRUARY 24th  LET’S WORK TOGETHER...

Victoria show starring developmentally disabled actors gets $120K

Victoria show starring developmentally disabled actors gets $120K The Canada Council provided a $120,000 grant for a theatre project showcasing adult performers with developmental disabilities. Producer Kathryn Popham and comedian Wes Borg will oversee the production, tentatively titled The Biggest Most Awesome Show Ever. It will play the McPherson Playhouse for five performances from Feb. 6 to 10, 2018. All the performers will be paid.  It will be a large-scale musical, variety, theatrical show. starring people with developmental disabilities as creators and performers.. Since 2015, Popham and Borg have overseen comedy classes for Lifetime Networks, performing in front of applauding audiences is a boost for these performers. The first audition for The Biggest Most Awesome Show Ever is Feb. 16. More information is available at http://www.dramaclubvictoria.ca/...